British Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand members' briefing

30 April 2019

Helen Smith

Mrs Helen Smith, British Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand will brief us in Dunedin on Brexit, and Britain's role post-Brexit along with the New Zealand/United Kingdom relationship.

Helen arrived in July 2015 as the British Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand and has a wide range of diplomatic experience.  She comes to New Zealand from five years in London, firstly, as Deputy Head of the UK Somalia Unit, and later as Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO’s) Operations Unit, advising the Chief Operating Officer on corporate strategy and leading a range of change and efficiency programmes.

Her previous overseas posting was as Head of Communications and Second Secretary Political at the British Embassy in Warsaw from 2007-2010.  Prior to that, she worked in the FCO in London on Gibraltar/EU issues and as Private Secretary to the Director General Globalisation and Desk Officer for the Holy See.

Helen has a degree in Oriental Studies (Japanese) from Trinity College, Cambridge.  She qualified as a Chartered Global Management Accountant in 2014.

Born and raised in Manchester, Helen is a lifelong Manchester City FC supporter.  She enjoys hiking and singing (often at the same time) and considers herself a feminist and a film geek.

BRIEFING DATE

Dunedin 30 April 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Otago Southland Employers' Association - 16 McBride Street, Dunedin  


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